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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Using Private Police Hotline, Alderman's "Noisy Boater" Complaint Receives Massive CPD Response

While ordinary citizens had to call 911 and wait their turn for police service Saturday, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney (inset) used a private line to order up a King-sized police response for his noise complaint.
It’s no secret: In Chicago, ordinary citizens routinely endure long waits for routine police service.

But 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney is not a common citizen. He’s an alderman so that apparently entitles him to special police services.

According to multiple police sources, Tunney dialed a private number at the 19th District police station around 10:50 Saturday evening and demanded that officers shut down “loud music” at Diversey Harbor.

Tunney’s 18th-floor condo at 330 West Diversey overlooks the harbor from a distance.

The view of Diversey Harbor from the unit located 3 floors directly above Alderman Tunney's condo.
While most neighbors would consider themselves lucky to receive any kind of police response to a low-priority noise disturbance, Tunney’s complaint gained the attention of a lieutenant, a sergeant, two patrol cars and a rapid response unit.

That’s right. A rapid response unit—which typically trolls higher-crime areas to pounce quickly on incoming violent crime calls—was diverted to handle the sleepy alderman’s noise complaint along with the others.

Responding officers “saw no harm…and refused to hassle” the folks who were celebrating the end of summer at the harbor, one source said.

Tunney's office did not respond to a request for information about the incident.

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This is not the first time that Tunney turned to his private helpline because the harbor was too noisy for his personal comfort.

In September 2015, Tunney called the 19th District around 9:30 p.m. to complain about a “rock concert” at the harbor. Responding cops were given strict orders: "check their permit or shut it down" per the alderman.

Officers who arrived on-scene discovered "this is not a rock concert at all. It's some boaters. They turned the music down."

It must be nice to be a member of the elected class that gets expeditious police service for such non-criminal matters, particularly since those officers would have been better used on legitimate public safety concerns.

In a district where police resources have been completely depleted on 121 occasions already this year, you’d think the local elected officials would be more discriminating in their law enforcement demands.
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37 comments:

  1. Our tax dollars at work. Get a white noise machine, geeze!

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  2. My god, I thought I had clicked on the article from last summer. Nope. This douchebag has no shame.

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  3. Like moving across from the airport and calling cops to stop the planes

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  4. Always knew he was a POS !!!

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  5. What a pompous ass. I'm going to ask him about why he's so special, at the next CAPS meeting, or if I see him out and about.

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    1. Drop by his sticky bun place (Ann Sather) on Belmont on Saturday morning and ask him -- he plays busboy most Saturday mornings.

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  6. What a colossal asshole

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  7. Unreal, grow a pair and handle it yourself or get in line like the rest of us you are suppose to represent and relate to. Scumbag.

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  8. His super sized ears must be really sensitive. Rank has its privileges, at least he thinks it does. Typical ruling class mentality.

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  9. Tom Tunney has got to go. PLEASE VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE!

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  10. This guy is an A#1 jerk!

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  11. Tunney is vicious. No one has the nerve to run against him.
    The only way to get rid of him is to expose some dirt on him like tax evasion or child molestation.

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    1. Expose him on crimes that never happened? Brilliant strategy. That's called defamation.

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  12. Does anyone confront this bush league entitled elected political BS? Garbage political asshats. Ironically, there was a report of two ladies with colored hair smoking weed outside Ann Sather harassing people. Nice work Tom. You hypocrite. Why do people even patronize your place? IHOP has more class.

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  13. I hate old men who wear glasses on the end of the nose and then peer over them to look at you. Disgusting douche.

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  14. go meet him in his office just once, for anything. make something up and get an appointment. he's such a goofy chicago-corruption-movie stereotype that it'll be worth your time. while you're there, suggest that he perhaps made an error of any kind; maybe the broadway paving would be a good one this year. then watch him freak out like an 8 year old busted for stealing cookies. he's really quite a trip.

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  15. I live at 2800 N LSD. Between 10pm and 10:30 I reported the noise to police once, my neighbor called 3 times to complain all to no avail. While watching since my first call, I saw 3 police cars drive through the harbor slowly. Did they ever receive complaint? Could they hear all this loud, after hour music for themselves????? Nope. They checked out cars in the lot then drove on their way. Such a helpful and responsible group.

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    1. The city noise ordinance applies after 11pm on the weekends, so your complaint is invalid. I wonder how many times Tunney calls in noise complaints on the clubs and bars on Halsted??? 🤔

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    2. @ Anonymous Oct 6 2017, 4:22:00 PM: I complained to Tommy about the noise that issues forth from a certain nightclub at Halsted and Cornelia until 5am weekend nights (mornings) and he told me it was "an entertainment district and noise was a part of it." 5am??? In other words, Tommy, tough shit for me, the taxpaying constituent, right? Yet you call in a complaint about a little harbor noise at fucking 10:50 PM? You little shitgibbon! I bet when you called for that massive police response you screeched shrilly into the phone like that time at the CAPS meeting you shrieked at another taxpaying constituent to "Shut up! Shut up!" Don't depend on the clueless gay boys and greedy bar owners and corrupt "security force operators" of Boystown to guarantee your re-election next time around. We need a royal flush next election, you old Aunt Nell. Bye, Felicia!! 🖕🏻

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    3. Actually, "Anonymous, 4:22:00 PM," there is always a noise ordinance in effect. 10PM - 8AM are "quiet time" hours every day of the year, but it *is* illegal to play music or "amplified sound" that can be heard more than 100 feet away, no matter the time. But yes, I agree with you, making this a special request is ludicrous. Call 911 like everyone else next time, alderman.

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  16. Hissy fit. Tunney has a lot of them. Pompous and embarrassing.

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  17. 7 police officers arrived for this. 7.

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  18. Tunney is an embarrassment even by Chicago standards.

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  19. I see there were other neighbors who also called the police on this. Did Tunney request any special attention? It doesn't seem that way. If that's how the police choose to respond - shouldn't this ire be directed towards them?

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    1. I see there were other neighbors who also called the police on this. Did Tunney request any special attention?
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      An alderman using a private phone number to request police service, thereby going around the 911 system that all other citizens must use, is not only *seeking* special attention, it is using special resources.

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    2. "Private Number" What does that mean? I think it's a leap to assume he requested this level of deployment... What's the source on this?

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    3. I think it's a leap to assume he requested this level of deployment.
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      Oh, the alderman doesn't need to "request" that level of deployment. His expectation was made clear when he called a private phone number, circumventing normal channels, to speak with the station chief on duty. The expectation was implied by his very phone call.

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  20. It was probably the same boat as the twinks and older men cohorts who has the stolen cell phone arrest a few weeks back Maybe tom from caps on the boat ⛵️ too so that's why no enforcement

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  21. TOONey is better than the rest of us. He's our overlord, and don't you forget it.

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    1. Fuck that noise, I say.

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  22. Half hour of music on a Saturday night between 10 and 10:30 the sound travelled up to the one condo building with poor insulation or open windows. 7 officers immediately summoned, those who dialed 911 for real emergencies wait for police response. Consider getting better insulated windows? Filing a false report to Occupy first responders needlessly is criminal.

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  23. Crime victims left waiting over this nonsense?!?
    Want peace and quiet in the city on a warm summer night? Make everyone happy ~ Resign and move to the burbs :)

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  24. 2800 N Lake Shore Drive Residents please know that sound travels up. If from ground floor the sound is not at suspected level from above that is reason why. A solid building with closed windows should not be so easily penetrated. My concrete condo on Sheridan is quiet; sounds below can only be heard when sticking head out window.

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  25. We're gonna need someone to leak this "Private Police Hotline" for the rest of us citizens....

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  26. I’ve been calling his office like crazy to get the delivery trucks from Mariano’s to Stop blaring their backup sirens at 2, 3,4 AM to no avail. But it’s nice to know that if something bothers Him at 9:30 pm the cops come running. Give me a break.

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  27. If I could afford a boat I'd be mad as hell if I couldnt party on it because some uptight Alderman wants to abuse the system.

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